A Mother’s Plea to City Leaders

Posted on Jul 13, 2012 in Clients, DC Policies and Plans, Fundraising Event, Homelessness, Housing, People, Poverty, Shelter, TANF | 0 comments

Ed. note:  The city’s Department of Human Services (DHS) is currently in the process of implementing the D.C. Council’s mandate to move families from the shelter system into housing in order to open up much needed shelter space for new families this summer. However, the city’s progress has been too slow for many “priority 1” families who remain without a safe place to go in the meantime.  Ms. S’s is one such...

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Budget Victory, But No Time To Rest

Posted on Jun 11, 2012 in Budget Cuts, Client Victories, Clients, DC Budget, DC Policies and Plans, Fundraising Event, Homelessness, Housing, Poverty, Shelter, TANF | 2 comments

Budget season is over and it’s been a pretty exciting ride.  This year, the D.C. Council really stepped up and, through restorations and investments, supported many programs relied upon by low-income and no-income D.C. residents. The Council put $4 million into the tenant-based Local Rent Supplement Program in order to provide permanent affordable housing to about 250 homeless families in the District and open up much-needed space in emergency...

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D.C. Council Votes 10-3 to Delay TANF Cuts!

Posted on Jun 5, 2012 in Budget Cuts, Client Victories, DC Budget, DC Policies and Plans, Fundraising Event, Homelessness, TANF, Wealth Gap | 0 comments

In giving final approval to the FY 2013 Budget Support Act today, the D.C. Council voted to delay additional cuts in TANF for a year.  Councilmembers Jim Graham and Michael Brown introduced the amendment with the one-year delay language, and all but three Councilmembers voted in favor of the amendment.  (Councilmembers Alexander,Catania, and Mendelson voted against the delay). In passing this amendment, councilmembers recognized that the...

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My Message to City Leaders: Children Rely on TANF

Posted on Jun 5, 2012 in Budget Cuts, Clients, DC Budget, DC Policies and Plans, Fundraising Event, Homelessness, Housing, Poverty, TANF, Wealth Gap | 0 comments

by guest blogger “Ms. K”  I’m a mother of six, and I first got on TANF in 2005 after my husband lost his job and my income alone wasn’t enough to make our mortgage payments. We lost our home and moved in with relatives. At the time I had a newborn and the stress on my family was enormous. For various reasons, I had to leave my job and TANF assistance helped us survive. We shuffled in and out of homelessness for several years and now...

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Give Kids a Fighting Chance: Tell The Council To Delay TANF Cuts TODAY!

Posted on Jun 1, 2012 in Clients, DC Budget, DC Policies and Plans, Fundraising Event, Poverty, TANF | 0 comments

Last week, we told you about the impending cuts to TANF benefits for families that have received assistance for over 60 months. Today and Monday, help us convince the DC Council to delay these cuts and afford parents the opportunity to take advantage of the improved employment support services offered by the new TANF redesign. Councilmembers Jim Graham and Michael Brown are working with the Mayor to  ensure that families in crisis are not cut...

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TANF Cuts: Punishing Families With The Most Severe Barriers to Work

Posted on May 24, 2012 in DC Policies and Plans, Fundraising Event, Poverty, TANF | 0 comments

DC’s TANF program is currently undergoing a long overdue redesign. As part of the redesign, each parent will complete an assessment to identify her or his potential barriers to work, any health issues of family members that impact work, talents and job qualifications, educational background, and the overall needs of the family. Once a parent has been assessed, they will then receive services crafted to fit her or his individual needs and...

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